New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/20/2020
Game: New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+120) New York City (+218)
Brian White and New York City FC (1-0-4, 12th in the Eastern Conference) travel to Red Bull Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the New York Red Bulls (2-1-2, 6th in the Eastern Conference). The expected starting goalies will be David Jensen for the New York Red Bulls and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The odds on this matchup have the Red Bulls priced at +120 and NYCFC is at +218. The O/U is set at 3.
The Red Bulls have collected 5 goals this year, which has them 16th in the league. They have attempted 53 shots at their opponents goal with 17 on target, which is a 32.1% SOT percentage. New York has controlled possession for 45.4% of the contest while they dribble successfully 51.2% of the time (24th in MLS). They have caught 1,638 passes from teammates on 2,066 tries this season, earning them a receiving percentage of 79.3%.
Brian White is a player who should impact this matchup for the Red Bulls. He has 6 assists while tallying 3 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. White has started 42 contests in his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.49 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from the United States has accumulated 20 goals scored (117th among active MLS players) in 3,660 minutes played. One more player who could decide who wins is Marc Rzatkowski, the midfielder who was born in Germany. Rzatkowski has been on the pitch for 16,384 mins during 186 starting assignments and has been handed 32 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 49 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 26 goals. He is averaging 0.14 G/90 in his MLS career (160th among active players).
The guy defending the goal for New York will be David Jensen. Jensen has seen the field for a total of 15,768 minutes and is sitting with 395 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.40 (246 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .671. The keeper from Denmark has seen 589 shots tried against him in 175 starting assignments. Jensen (77-34-64 record during his soccer career) has totaled 51 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 29.1% clean sheet rate.
New York City has totaled 2,282 targets so far this season (10th in MLS) and they have 1,956 successful received passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 85.7% and they have controlled possession of the ball 52.4% of the time. NYCFC have successfully dribbled 57% of the time for the season while totaling 2 goals. They have been able to connect on 32.8% of their shots on target on 67 shots.
Heber should provide a spark for New York City. The forward who hails from Brazil has been on the field for 6,836 mins while he has scored 50 goals (39th among active players). He has earned 10 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. He is averaging 0.66 goals per 90 minutes and has started 240 matches so far in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Maximiliano Moralez, the midfielder who is from Argentina. Moralez has been given 37 yellow card cautions in 20,315 professional minutes played (233 starts). His G/90 average during his MLS career is 0.19 (130th among active MLS players). He has earned 44 goals in his MLS career while helping on a goal 53 times.
Sean Johnson will be looking after the goal for NYCFC. Johnson has 61 shutouts while defending 1,210 shots tried against him in 24,636 career mins. He has earned a save % of .702 and his shutout rate sits at 22.3%. He has surrendered 1.36 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 103-81-90. So far in his MLS career, Johnson has conceded 371 goals while he has accounted for 850 saves in 274 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+120)
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